If you are looking for a career in Sport or would like to study a sports-related course at university, then this course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience required to succeed.
Accrington Academy offers a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Development which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course consists of up to 15 units that cover a wide variety of areas such as Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports Massage, Sports Event Organisation and Sports Psychology. Students will not only have a high level of delivery from Accrington Academy staff but also the opportunity to work with expert coaches and sports massage therapists, as well as visits off site to gain an insight into the sporting world.
With a combination of practical and theoretical aspects, the course aims to prepare students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding that they will require for a career in sport.
In addition to the outstanding existing facilities a state-of-the-art motion analysis lab, 3G astro-turf, professional fitness room, treatment centre, dance studio, climbing wall, all-weather pitch and dedicated ICT resources now complete the unrivalled facilities.An innovative approach to sports provision will be seen through sporting academies. This includes a Football Academy for 2016- 2017. We have a rich history of students progressing through to a range of university courses and apprenticeship roles.
The Units are covered over the course of 2 years. Students will undertake a number of the following Units over this period:
- Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology
- Unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
- Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry
- Unit 4 Sports Leadership
- Unit 5 Application of Fitness Testing
- Unit 6 Sports Psychology
- Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance
- Unit 8 Coaching for Performance
- Unit 9 Research Methods in Sport
- Unit 10 Sports Event Organisation
- Unit 11 Research Project in Sport
- Unit 14 Exercise and Circuit-based Physical Activity
- Unit 16 Instructing Water-based Exercise
- Unit 17 Sports Injury Management
- Unit 18 Work Experience in Active Leisure
- Unit 19 Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
- Unit 20 Leisure Management
- Unit 21 Leisure Centre Operations
- Unit 22 Customer Service and Sales in Active Leisure
- Unit 23 Coaching and Leading for Participation
- Unit 24 Provision of Sport for People with Physical and Learning Disabilities
- Unit 25 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
- Unit 26 Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
- Unit 27 The Athlete’s Lifestyle
- Unit 28 Sports Performance Analysis
- Unit 29 Physical Education and the Care of Young People
- Unit 30 Sports Massage
Students will be assessed by a combination of coursework submissions and external examinations. Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.
Most units on the course are internally assessed by your tutor. This means that you will be set a range of assignments that must be completed by a specific deadline and include the relevant information.
Learners could be given opportunities to:
- write up the findings of their own research
- use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
- carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
- demonstrate practical and technical skills.
Externally Assessed Units
Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport suite are:
- examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
- set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Some external assessments include a period of preparation
Students will have the opportunity to be a part of a variety of visits as part of the BTEC course. From The National Cycling Centre in Manchester, to behind the scenes at Blackburn Rovers, students have the chance to gain an insight into the range of opportunities that completing a course in BTEC Sport has to offer.
The students will also undertake a Work Experience Unit which offers students the chance to go into a sporting environment they feel interested in and gain an insight into the world of work. In the past pupils have gained experience working with staff at Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers, assisting teachers in local schools, working alongside physiotherapists, helping out in leisure centres and much more.
Miss H. Gregory
Assistant Head of Sixth Form - Subject Lead PE
Since secondary school and a Year 10 work placement, I have always known that teaching was a career that I wanted to pursue for a two main reasons: my love for sport and my fascination in how students learn. As subject leader of PE my passion lies within sport and fitness, and I gain great pleasure in teaching across both theory and practical elements that we deliver as a department. I have been teaching at the Academy for nearly 8 years, and I continue to be driven and enthusiastic and take great satisfaction from witnessing the students’ continuing development and progression across all elements of education. I believe my energy and enthusiasm are what spurs me on to make the Sixth Form the best it can be. Out of school I particularly enjoy running, going to the gym and socialising with friends. I am a keen enthusiast for travelling and sampling various cultures throughout the world.
Miss S. Clarke
Teacher of Sport
I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Sixth Form College, where I had a fantastic teacher who made both practical and theory elements fun and interesting! I have always been an active person and encourage others around me to be active also. I currently take part in Crossfit and look forward to entering some competitions soon as my skill level increases. My favourite aspect to the PE curriculum is Fitness Training as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I find it really interesting to learn about the body and how it can be affected by exercise, so much so that I still enjoy taking the time to research and broaden my own knowledge base. Hopefully students will find that this passion and enthusiasm for these topics is evident within my teaching.
Miss S. Lawson
Teacher of Sport
From a very young age I have had a passion for sport and exercise. I have always wanted to become a PE teacher and inspire others to have a love for all things active. My favourite part of teaching PE is working with students with a wide variety of talent and skills and encouraging them to reach their potential. I like to ensure my lessons are creative and fun to keep pupils engaged throughout their time in PE. My aim is to ensure that students enjoy taking part in physical activity, understanding the benefits that it can have, and can maintain this mindset long into the future.
Mr G. Weir
Teacher of Sport
PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of developing their skills in sport and also helps develop qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication. I have always had a passion for PE and sport ever since the age of 10, when I begun to have aspirations of being a PE teacher. I enjoy all aspects of PE, but my favourite would have to be GCSE and A level PE courses, because they are a combination of both theoretical and practical elements and it allows me to transfer my knowledge of both these areas to the pupils in my class. I do this by maximizing pupil participation and differentiating to suit all pupils needs to ensure everyone gets the best of their PE experience.
Miss R. Kirkwood
Teacher of Sport
After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status to become a secondary PE teacher. I studied for three years at the University of Cumbria and completed secondary placements in a variety of schools before beginning my teaching career at Accrington Academy. I specialise in Dance, Gymnastics and Cheerleading and also have my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and B.E.L.A. I love learning about Anatomy and Physiology and educating about choices to a healthy lifestyle.
Mr A. Jeffries
Teacher of Sport
I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Secondary School, where I had a fantastic teacher! My experiences throughout my early life really spurred me onto become a Teacher with a love for sport. I particularly enjoy seeing pupils reach their potential and introducing them to new sports and talents that they were not aware they had. My favourite sports are football and skiing, whereby I am a ski instructor and often head out to Europe at Easter to work. I support Blackburn Rovers and try to see as many games as I can throughout the season. I really enjoy travelling to new places in the world and soaking up their culture, I have recently returned from Poland whereby I visited Auschwitz, which was a very harrowing experience.
Mr C. Lowe
I have now been teaching for 13 years, with the last 7 of those here at Accrington Academy as Subject Leader for PE and currently as Director of Sport working with the School Sports Partnership, National Governing Bodies and using Sport to drive other improvements here at the school. I teach all ages across the school, including BTEC Sport at Level 3 in the 6th form. Extra-curricular and giving pupils the same opportunities I had at school are important for me. I enjoy being a 6th form tutor, seeing our pupils take the final steps in their education journey here at the Academy and then onto University. I am married to Emma and have 2 children, Matthew and Millie. Family is the priority in life but I also like the social butterfly lifestyle taking every opportunity to enjoy life. Sport and Leisure is a big part of my life, taking part in numerous activities.
Students achieving Distinction + in 2015
The thing I enjoyed the most from the BTEC Level 3 course is the variety of different units that are delivered. Because we covered so many different areas in relation to sport, 19 units in total. This helped me to decide that I wanted to pursue a career in sports massage. I got a lot of support from the staff where I needed it. The facilities are fantastic and we were given the opportunity through the practical team and individual units to use these for a number of different sports such as volleyball, water polo and handball.Rebecca Brereton
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